Cornell Cooperative Extension

Agency:  Cornell Cooperative Extension

Volunteer Projects:  Prepare and serve meals at Hope House, Nursing Home visits, Toys for Tots,  New York State Fair youth activities, STEM based Community Service Projects

Summary:  Youth volunteers from the 4-H Club participate in community service projects collectively as members of the 4-H Club and they also participate individually as volunteers. Their efforts reach many residents and organizations throughout Oneida County.

Throughout the year youth volunteers from the 4-H Teen Council volunteer and prepare and serve meals at Hope House in Utica.

Youth volunteers from their 4-H Club volunteer at nursing homes in Waterville and Boonville throughout the year. They do crafts and/or play a game with the residents. They also do gardening chores with the residents. The residents look forward to the youth visiting and they appreciate the youth giving back to the community.

The Foothills 4-H Club in Boonville annually helps with their Toys for Tots initiative. They collect and organize the toys for distribution to the children.

Annually 4-H youth volunteers volunteer their time to “spruce” up the fairgrounds prior to the Boonville/Oneida County Fair. They pull weeds, paint, remove rocks from the area and organize the barn areas.

The 4-H youth volunteers and their leaders volunteered their time to act as tour guides at the annual Farm Fest. They also organize and implement activities for the Farm Fest that brings 500-600 local school children to a farm in Oneida County.

The 4-H youth volunteers with all aspects of gardening at the Cornell Cooperative Extension gardens in Oriskany.

In the 4-H Youth Building at the New York State Fair, youth can be found conducting hands-on STEM activities dealing with topics such as; nutrition, insects, weather and physics.

 The 4-H youth volunteers used STEM skills to create three dimensional monster pillows that were given to the Thea Bowman House.

Older 4-H members often volunteer their time to help during 4-H Science Day activities. These volunteers can be found assisting guest presenters and doing specific STEM related activities with younger students.

The youth volunteers enjoy their volunteer projects, doing things with their friends for others and giving back to the community.

Youth Volunteers:  77                                                   Volunteer Hours:  1,027